I reported on this when it first came out but given some of the conversations I had this week I thought it was worth revisiting. From the 2006 Census:
New Brunswick: Smallest proportion of postsecondary graduates of all provinces
Just over one-half (53%) of the adult population of New Brunswick aged 25 to 64 were postsecondary graduates in 2006, the smallest proportion of all provinces.
Even in the urban centers, only 58% of the adult population were postsecondary graduates. This was the smallest proportion among all four Atlantic provinces.
About 16% of New Brunswick’s adult population had a university degree in 2006, 21% had a college diploma, and 12%, a trades certificate. About 26% had a high school diploma and 21% had not completed high school.
Only one in 10 (11%) young New Brunswick adults aged 25 to 34 had not completed high school in 2006, the lowest proportion in Atlantic Canada. This was a significant reduction from the rate among older generations. Among the oldest adult age group, 55 to 64, one-third (33%) had not completed high school.
New Brunswick incurred the largest net outflow of postsecondary graduates in Atlantic Canada between 2001 and 2006. More than 18,200 postsecondary graduates who lived in New Brunswick in 2001 lived in a different province or in a territory in 2006. At the same time, fewer than 13,600 postsecondary graduates moved to New Brunswick, a net outflow of nearly 4,600 persons.
For the the most damning statistic was the largest net outflow of postsecondary graduates. More than 18,200. That’s roughly $650 million in lost income each year (if those people had been able to find jobs in New Brunswick).
After viewing this data, I coined the phrase New Brunswick: Labour market incubator for Ontario and Alberta.